upend

[ uhp-end ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to set on end, as a barrel or ship.

  2. to affect drastically or radically, as tastes, opinions, reputations, or systems.

  1. to defeat in competition, as in boxing or business.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become upended.

  2. to place the body back-end up, as a dabbling duck.

Origin of upend

1
First recorded in 1815–25; up- + end1

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British Dictionary definitions for upend

upend

/ (ʌpˈɛnd) /


verb
  1. to turn or set or become turned or set on end

  2. (tr) to affect or upset drastically

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